Attempted hijacking of Bangladesh plane bound for Dubai
February 24 2019 05:16 PM


There was an attempted hijacking of a Biman Bangladesh plane bound for Dubai on Sunday, airline and aviation officials in Bangladesh said.

The plane was en route to Dubai from Dhaka, with a stopover in the south-eastern Bangladeshi city of Chattogram, when the incident took place on Sunday, Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Mohibul Haque said.

Biman Flight BG 147 landed in Chattogram at 5:15 pm (1315 GMT) and all passengers have left the plane, said airline official Shah Amanat Mahfuzul Alam at Chattogram airport.

Law enforcement and firefighting units were surrounding the aircraft.

The minister and the airline declined to provide details about what took place on the plane.

 The status of the crew and the attempted hijacker was not immediately known.


Suspected Bangladesh plane hijacker shot dead: army

AFP/Chittagong, Bangladesh
Bangladesh commandos stormed a passenger jet in the country's southeast Sunday and shot dead an armed man who allegedly tried to hijack the Dubai-bound flight, an army official said.

The suspect, described by officials as a 25-year-old Bangladeshi man, was shot as special forces rushed the plane after it landed safely in Chittagong.

The 148 passengers and crew aboard the Bangladesh Biman flight BG147 were all rescued unharmed, officials said.

But the suspected hijacker was injured and died shortly after being arrested, army spokesman Major General Motiur Rahman told reporters.

‘He is a Bangladeshi. We found a pistol from him and nothing else,’ Rahman said.

All the passengers aboard were evacuated after the airport was sealed of by Army, Navy and elite police.

Air Vice Marshall Mofid, who goes by one name, said he then kept the accused man busy talking on the phone while special forces units prepared for the dramatic raid.

‘He demanded to speak to our Prime Minister (Sheikh Hasina),’ Mofid said.

‘He claimed he had a pistol, but we are not sure yet whether it is an actual gun or a fake.’

The country's civil aviation chief, Nayeem Hasan, earlier said the suspect had claimed to have a bomb aboard the flight.

‘From the talks and dialogue we have with him, it seems he is psychologically deranged,’ Hasan said after the man was arrested.

Another army spokesman, Abdullah Ibne Zaid, said the would-be hijacker allegedly claimed to have a gun and a bomb strapped to his chest.

‘The army's special forces conducted the operation and the armed man has been neutralized. The situation at (Chittagong's) Shah Amanat International Airport is very much under control of the Bangladesh Army,’ he said.

An investigation would be carried out to determine whether security lapses had occurred, he added.

That attack prompted a swift crackdown by Prime Minister Hasina, with hundreds of suspected militants and their sympathisers arrested or killed in raids across the country.

Last updated: February 24 2019 06:31 PM

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